November 21, 2007

Is LLP the answer?

Whether it was Nic Wise or anyone else, heading into the 2007-08 season it was very clear that Arizona needed a point guard to emerge as a consistent contributor.

Wise appeared to be the favorite throughout the summer and preseason, and hasn't played poorly when given a chance this year.

In each of the first three games, Wise has seen his minutes increase, which shows that he's gaining the confidence of interim head coach Kevin O'Neill. However, on Monday against UMKC, O'Neill tried something else and inserted true freshman Laval Lucas-Perry into the lineup.

LLP was a lightening bolt, adding instant excitement and toughness to the UA roster, whether he was at the point guard spot or letting a teammate bring the ball up court. He finished with 14 points and five rebounds in 24 minutes, showing that he deserves to be in the mix at either guard position, but hopefully point.

Not that Jerryd Bayless can't play point - he certainly can - but Arizona needs help scoring and that's what Bayless does best. Playing off the ball will provide him the most looks and give the UA the best chance at maximizing its scoring potential, assuming that whoever is at point is doing an adequate job of running the offense.

Lucas-Perry hardly saw the floor in the first two games, but his play in practice has warranted an on the court audition, according to O'Neill.

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